Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces deepening woes as one of his closest confidants has agreed to incriminate him in corruption allegations.
Israeli media outlets report that Shlomo Filber would testify against Netanyahu, though the police are yet to confirm the development.
Filber, the former director of the communications ministry under Netanyahu, was nabbed on suspicion of promoting regulations worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the telecommunications company Bezeq, who in turn was expected to provide favourable coverage of Netanyahu and his family amid mounting corruption allegations.
This follows allegations another of Netanyahu’s confidant tried to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against Netanyahu’s wife.
The prime minister, who dismissed the charges as a media witch-hunt, has not been named as a suspect, although he is widely expected to be questioned.
But he’s being increasingly isolated as senior cabinet ministers from his ruling Likud party, who until recently dutifully defended him, have chosen to remain silent.
Aluf Benn, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Haaretz, said: “These are the final days of Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule”.
Guardian reports that other leading columnists suggested that if Filber said everything he knew, Netanyahu would probably be more concerned about avoiding prison than staying in office.
The latest developments come days after police announced that there was sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.
Avichai Mandelblit, a Netanyahu appointment as attorney general, will make the final decision on whether to file charges in the coming months.